Despite protests to deny US Singer Chris Brown a visa and stop him from entering Australia, his One Of A Hell Nite Tour concert tickets are being sold to the public this Monday.
A statement from Chris Brown’s management was posted on Ticketek, saying:
“Contrary to media reports, Chris Brown’s request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied. This request is currently being considered by the office of the Immigration Minister.
“We respect their right to review this request and have faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, on-going philanthropic endeavors and desire to perform for his fans. Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December.”
Tickets are now being sold at prices ranging from $201.25 to $598.99. News.com.au notes that the tickets “appear to be selling strongly in Sydney and Melbourne.”
Prior to the selling of tickets, there were reports to ban Brown from having his concert tour in Australia this December.
An Australian activist group named GetUp has put up an online petition requesting the Immigration Officer of Australia to ban the US Singer. To date, the petition already has 14,181 signatures.
In News.com.au, it was also reported that Nova, a radio station, refused to support Brown’s concert. Over the weekend, it has cancelled their competition where listeners could win tickets to the US Singer’s concert.
The Australia Government has likewise warned Brown about the possibility of his visa being denied and gave him a “notice of intention to consider refusal.” The notice gave him 30 days to explain why he should be allowed entry in Australia.
Salon notes that Australia is not the first country to ban Brown as UK and Canada have previously denied his entrance.
The question on whether Brown will be granted visa remains unanswered, thus poses uncertainty of his concert tour in the country.
As posted on News.com.au, Immigration Minister Dutton said, “decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that time frame and consideration of the material presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.”